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Obama and friends spend afternoon golfing

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    President Barack Obama greets people waiting for him outside Island Snow Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, after the president, joined by family and friends, had shave ice during the first family’s annual vacation.

President Barack Obama is following up his morning workout with a round of golf at a private Hawaii course.

The White House says Obama’s golfing partners Monday are friends Bobby Titcomb, Mike Ramos and Greg Orme.

They’re golfing at Mid Pacific Country Club in Lanikai.

A crowd of about 30 people waved to the president’s motorcade as it arrived at the course.

Obama also played at Mid Pacific last week.

He’s spending his annual winter vacation with his family on the island of Oahu, where he was born.

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    • He really deserves this vacation. Nobody blamed Bush when he was on a long vacation even though Al Queda had declared war and the CIA had warned that a large attack was coming. Oddly, Bush never paid any kind of political price for his blunders.

      • People didn’t expect much from George Bush because he was (like my grandparents used to say) “special.” So a lot of people cut him slack. I used to feel sorry for him. But he wasn’t fundamentally violent and mean-spirited like Trump is.

        • On 9-11, George Bush was reading a children’s book to kids, when the Presidential Daily Briefing that he ignored stating ‘Osama bin Ladin Determined to Attack the USA” was acted upon by our enemies. He was president on 9-11. No attack has taken place on our soil during President Obama’s 8 years. I hope your Mr. Trump is as successful.

        • ahh, Bill decided to not to take out Osama prior to 9-11. If only Bill… 9-11 may not have come about.

        • @ kealaula
          except for these which you “forgot” to mention….]

          2009
          June 1, Little Rock, Arkansas: Abdulhakim Muhammed, a Muslim convert from Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with shooting two soldiers outside a military recruiting center. One is killed and the other is wounded. In a January 2010 letter to the judge hearing his case, Muhammed asked to change his plea from not guilty to guilty, claimed ties to al-Qaeda, and called the shooting a jihadi attack “to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims.”
          Dec. 25: A Nigerian man on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit attempted to ignite an explosive device hidden in his underwear. The explosive device that failed to detonate was a mixture of powder and liquid that did not alert security personnel in the airport. The alleged bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, told officials later that he was directed by the terrorist group Al Qaeda. The suspect was already on the government’s watch list when he attempted the bombing; his father, a respected Nigerian banker, had told the U.S. government that he was worried about his son’s increased extremism.
          2010
          May 1, New York City: a car bomb is discovered in Times Square, New York City after smoke is seen coming from a vehicle. The bomb was ignited, but failed to detonate and was disarmed before it could cause any harm. Times Square was evacuated as a safety precaution. Faisal Shahzad pleads guilty to placing the bomb as well as 10 terrorism and weapons charges.
          May 10, Jacksonville, Florida: a pipe bomb explodes while approximately 60 Muslims are praying in the mosque. The attack causes no injuries.
          Oct. 29: two packages are found on separate cargo planes. Each package contains a bomb consisting of 300 to 400 grams (11-14 oz) of plastic explosives and a detonating mechanism. The bombs are discovered as a result of intelligence received from Saudi Arabia’s security chief. The packages, bound from Yemen to the United States, are discovered at en route stop-overs, one in England and one in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
          2011
          Jan. 17, Spokane, Washington: a pipe bomb is discovered along the route of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial march. The bomb, a “viable device” set up to spray marchers with shrapnel and to cause multiple casualties, is defused without any injuries.
          2012
          Sept. 11, Benghazi, Libya: militants armed with antiaircraft weapons and rocket-propelled grenades fire upon the American consulate, killing U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other embassy officials. U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton said the U.S. believed that Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, a group closely linked to Al Qaeda, orchestrated the attack.
          2013
          April 15, Boston, Mass.: multiple bombs explode near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Two bombs go off around 2:50 in the afternoon as runners finish the race. Three people are killed. One is an eight year old boy. More than 260 people are injured. Three days later, the FBI releases photos and video of two suspects in the hope that the public can help identify them. Just hours after the FBI releases the images, the two suspects rob a gas station in Central Square then shoot and kill a MIT police officer in his car. Afterwards, the two men carjack a SUV and tell the driver that they had set off the explosions at the marathon. Police pursue the vehicle into Watertown. During the shootout, a MBTA officer is shot and one of the suspects, identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, is killed. A suicide vest is found on his body. The other suspect, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, age 19, remains at large for several hours, causing a massive manhunt and lockdown for all of Boston, Cambridge, and many other surrounding communities. The manhunt ends when he is found alive, but seriously injured, hiding in a boat behind a house in Watertown. The two suspects are brothers and had been living together in Cambridge. They have lived in the U.S. for about a decade, but are from an area near Chechnya, a region in Russia.
          2015
          Dec. 2, San Bernadino, Calif.: Fourteen people are killed and more than 20 wounded when two people open fire at a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center, a service facility for people with disabilities and special needs in San Bernardino, California. The suspects, husband and wife Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, are killed in a shootout with police after the rampage. Officials say they believe the attack is terrorism related. It is the worst mass shooting in the United States since 26 people were killed in Dec. 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Dec. 8): The F.B.I. announces that Farook and Malik had been “radicalized.” The FBI also concludes that while the couple was not working with ISIS directly, their actions were inspired by the Islamic State.
          2016
          June 12: A mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, 2016, leaves 50 people dead, including the gunman, and more than 50 injured. The shooter is identified as Omar Mateen, 29, who entered the nightclub armed with an assault rifle and a pistol. According to authorities, Mr. Mateen pledged his allegiance to ISIS via a 911 call from inside the nightclub. This massacre is the deadliest mass shooting on U.S. soil.

        • @ keaulaula
          I forgot 1 more…
          Nov. 5, 2009 Fort Hood shooting — Nidal Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, killed 13 and injured more than 30 people during a shooting rampage in Texas. In seven pages of handwritten thoughts sent to Fox News, Hasan referred to himself as a “Soldier of Allah,” and appeared to renounce his American citizenship.

      • Fore Left!!! Fortunately for the homeowners who live along the golf course, most of their homes are on the right side of the fairway. If you ain’t right, then you ain’t right. Bwahahahaha!

  • From Washington Times, “For the last time, taxpayers are paying for a Hawaiian Christmas vacation for President Obama and his family, an annual luxury getaway that has cost the Treasury easily more than $35 million over eight years…”

  • Hey golf’s almost exclusively with Bobby Titcomb while in Hawaii. My guess is they are both on the down low. I can’t wait until Obama leaves office and the books start being written.

  • Whew! When does he takes time out to relax and smell the roses? Mind, body and soul need some peace, meditation and simply a period to daydream. It helps focus to improve ones self worth. It is also a time of reflections of how ones life affect others. A period of contemplation and appreciation of the world around us. Give yourself some aloha Mr. President, you deserve it!

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